Reyes Leads Philippines Against Team Japan Today at World Mixed Doubles
By Sally Lee
Manila, Philippines- Efren Reyes and Rubilen Amit will face off against Team Japan's Hayato Hijikata and Kaori Ebe. Reyes and Amit both are reigning World Champions while Hijikata is Japan's finest young player ranked in top 3 at tender age of 20, with his lovely female pro counterpart Ebe. This is just one of the featured matches today at the World Mixed Doubles Classic at Nuvo City in the Quezon City section of Manila, Philippines from December 1-3,2009. This event brings together the most beautiful women cueists with the top men stars of the game for exciting match-ups. Six teams from different countries will battle on the table in 10-Ball with ESPN Star Sports and ABS-CBN airing all 12 hours of the event live broadcasted throughout Asia and the Philippines. The event is the brain child of billiards promotion giant Dragon Promotions .
"I was really nervous to be playing with Efren, but we practiced together today and he relaxed me alot. I'm really going to learn alot playing with him this week!" said Amit.
Newly crowned World 10-Ball Champion Mika Immonen is fresh off his finals victory last night over pinoy Lee Van Corteza, and will be paired with hot Borana Andoni and they also will face Team Japan today. Interestingly, Mika's only loss at the World 10-Ball was to Hayato Hijikata who he will face again today. A tough match to call today will be USA vs Korea, with both teams evenly matched. US Open Champ Shane Van Boening along with US Amateur Champ Amy Chen will take on South Korea's winningest player in history Charlie Williams along with Eun Ji Park, a 21 year old up and coming billiard star.
Tomorrow's matches will be even more enticing with glamorous bombshell Shanelle Loraine pairing with strong pinoy Lee Van Corteza, fresh off his runner-up finish at the World 10-Ball.
Team Philippines A : Efren Reyes & Rubilen Amit Team Philippines B : Lee Van Corteza & Shanelle Loraine Team USA: Shane Van Boening & Amy Chen Team Europe: Mika Immonen & Borana Andoni Team Japan: Hayato Hijikata & Kaori Ebe Team Korea: Charlie Williams & Eun Ji Park
Today's schedule will be : 2:00pm Japan vs Europe 320pm USA vs Korea 440pm Philippines vs Japan
Tomorrow Dec 2 2pm Philippines B vs Korea 320pm Philippines A vs Europe 440pm Philippines B vs USA
Dec 3 Semi and Final 2pm-6pm
The matches will air locally on ABS-CBN's Studio 23 and Balls. Internationally on ESPN Star Sports as well as ABS-CBN in middle east and USA.